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Easter is the most important, oldest, and deeply religious festival in the Christian Church Calendar. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the triumph of life over death, it is celebrated sometime between March 21 and April 25, depending when the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox falls. However, a lot of aspects of modern day Easter celebrations, involving rabbits, chicks and eggs, are said to pre-date Christianity and have their roots in much earlier traditions. Bunny rabbit depictions, eggs and fluffy chicks have become synonymous with 'Easter'. They have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ however, and can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. Eostra was the goddess of fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was a rabbit because of the rabbit's high reproduction rate. Modern day Easter Egg Hunts originate from Germany, where folklore tells of an Easter hare who laid eggs for children to hunt down and find. German immigrants to the US carried the tradition with them and it spread from there. Popular easter traditions include easter egg hunts, easter bonnet competitions and decorating eggs.

We stock a choice of helium quality foil balloons available in an assortment of Easter themes on cheerful bright backgrounds depicting all of the traditional Easter Symbols - rabbits, eggs, spring flowers and chicks. And a range of fluffy yellow chenille easter chicks in a choice of sizes ranging from 4cm (supplied in boxes of 36 chicks), 5cm (supplied in boxes of 18 chicks), and 7cm (supplied in boxes of 12 chicks) deal for decorating special easter cakes, gift baskets and as window dressing for Easter window displays. Check out our huge Packaging and Presentation sections for raffia, sisal, tissue paper and a host of other materials in cheery spring colours to help with designing your Easter basket presentations and window displays.